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World Class Care, .Anytime, Anywhere 

Issue 5 
May 8, 2009 

Inside this Issue : 

Admiral's Call by the Surgeon 
General of the U.S. Navy 
Vice Admiral Adam. M. 
Robinson, Jr. 

NHB Holds Motorcycle Safety 
Stand Down 

Colonoscopy Detects Chiefs 
Cancer, 'Improves Chances for 

NNCAP 2009 Class Earn 

NH Rota Supports NASA Shuttle 5 

CBIRF's Chem Lab on Wheels 

Motorcycle Safety Month Gets 

Purple Heart Recipients Presented 
'Quilts of Valor' 

Item of Interest: 

Reduce the spread of germs. In order 
to limit the spread of germs, especially 
during flu season, keeping your hands 
clean is important. Washing you hands 
in soap and water for 20 seconds will do 
the trick. Remember to use warm to hot 
water. Cold water will not get rid of the 
germs.. Also, keep your home and work 
area clean. Keep phones and computers 
clean since these items tend to used by 
multiple persons. For more information 
on reducing the spread of germs, visit 

Navy and Marine 
Corps Medical News 

A Public Affairs Publication of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery 

Navy Medical Unit Helps Africa, Asia 
Combat Medical Threats 

By J im Garamone, Office of the Sec- 
retary of Defense Public Affairs 

CAI RO - Disease knows no bor- 
ders, and the men and women of 
the U.S. Naval Research Unit No. 3 
know that better than anyone. 

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of 
the J oint Chiefs of Staff, visited the 
joint-service unit April 21 and re- 
ceived briefings on how it operates 
and what threats the doctors, mi- 
crobiologists and entomologists 
track each day. With similar units in 
Djakarta, Indonesia, and Lima, 
Peru, the unit tracks infections, dis- 
ease vectors and the scope of out- 

The units work with host nations 

and other nations in their regions to 
build medical capacity. 

"Cholera, other diarrheal dis- 
eases, HIV, avian influenza, Rift 
Valley fever, e-bola, leishmaniasis 
are among the diseases tracks, and 
the list goes on. Afghanistan even 
has diseases no one has ever heard 
of, because few researchers were 
allowed into the country in the 
past," said Lt. Jamal Dejli, a micro- 
biologist at the unit. 

From a military perspective, the 
unit works to ensure U.S. troops 
worldwide have good medical force 

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PORT GENTI L f Gabon - Lt. Cmdr. Shay Razmi, a dental officer embarked aboard the amphibi- 
ous transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13), administers Novocain to a patient before ex- 
tracting a tooth during an Africa Partnership Station medical civic action project April 21. Nash- 
ville is on a 10-day port visit in Port Gentile supporting Africa Partnership Station, a multina- 
tional initiative developed by Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa which aims to work 
cooperatively with U.S. and international partners to enhance maritime safety and security on 
the African continent. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew 

Issue 5 
May 8, 20 

Page 2 

Admiral's Call by the Surgeon General of the U.S. Navy 
Vice Admiral Adam. M. Robinson, Jr. 

Surviving the Critical Days of Summer 

Motorcycle Safety is Key for Everyone in the 

Navy Medicine Community 

With the winter season now be- 
hind us, the sunny and warm days 
of spring and summer invite us to 
cast off the cold and venture out- 
doors. Whether you are running 
out to the baseball field, taking a 
stroll around a park or gearing up 
your motorcycle for a quick ride, 
remember having fun doesn't mean 
ignoring personal safety! 

Driving safely and adherence to 
the rules of the road is not limited 
to cars and trucks. Many motorcy- 
cle riders would say riding a motor- 
cycle is fun and a thrill. This may 
be true, but keep in mind motorcy- 
cle ownership is no different than 
owning a car or truck; it comes with 
responsibility. You must obey the 
rules of the road just as car drivers 
do. Just like when you purchase a 
car, you are responsible for proper 
licensing, insurance, registration, 
training, and mandatory wear of 
personal protective equipment 

Before purchasing a motorcycle, 
all Sailors and Marines must consult 
with the first khaki in their chain of 
command to be certain they are 
aware of the responsibilities that 
come with ownership. Even if you 
don't plan to ride your motorcycle 
on a military installation, all Sailors, 
Marines and civilians must report 
their motorcycle ownership to their 
chain of command. This notification 
must occur within the first 48 hours 

after purchasing the motorcycle. 
Since this is General Order, service 
members can be punished under 
the UCMJ for failure to report own- 
ership of a motorcycle. 

Sailors and Marines must also 
complete the Motorcycle Basic Rider 
Course provided by the Naval 
Safety Center. This 16- hour course 
focuses on basic and complex 
physical and mental skills, as well 
as risk management to minimize 
injury if involved in a crash 

Motorcyclists can exercise cer- 
tain basic safety precautions while 
driving in order to limit the possibil- 
ity of an accident. Motorcycle rid- 
ers should drive with their head- 
lights turned on at all times, wear 
personal protective equipment, 
have a current motorcycle driver's 
license, and have rear view mirrors 
mounted on each side of the han- 

A motorcycle accident can result 
in a wide range of injuries, from 
minor to life threatening - bone 
fractures, traumatic brain injury, 
spinal cord injury, disfigurement, or 
death. Seventy-five percent of mo- 
torcycle fatalities occur between 
April and August, and most fatali- 
ties occur during a weekend night. 

Far too many of our Sailors, Ma- 
rines, civilians, and their family 
members have been seriously in- 
jured or have died in motorcycle 
mishaps. Trends indicate an in- 

crease in recklessness and noncom- 
pliance with traffic laws among 
younger riders, especially sport- 
bike riders. According to the Naval 
Safety Center, in FY08, 33 Sailors 
died in motorcycle incidents alone. 
That is more than the Sailors we 
lost in OIF and OEF combined this 
year. This is a tragedy for our ser- 
vice and we must be increasingly 
vigilant at every level of command. 

Every time one of our Sailors, 
Marines or civilians is injured or 
killed in a motorcycle accident, the 
Navy's mission readiness is directly 
affected. This means we are down 
one Sailor, Marine or civilian and 
we lose a set of critical skills 
needed to support our mission. We 
want you to enjoy your time off and 
enjoy your liberty time with your 
friends and family. Ultimately, we 
want to see you back on the job fit 
and healthy. Be Careful, Be Cau- 
tions and Be Safe! 

Are you a member of the Navy Nurse Corps? Are you interested in learning about 
and possibly enrolling in the Navy Nurse Corps Anesthesia Program (NNCAP)? 

If you are, please visit 

ispx for more information. You can also 
read the article "NNCAP 2009 Class Earn Certification" on page four to get some 

insight into the program. 

[Issue 5 
May 8, 20 

Page 3 

NHB Holds Motorcycle Safety Stand Down 

By Douglas H. Stutz, Naval Hospital 
Bremerton Public Affairs Office 

TON, Wash. - As a year-round mo- 
torcyclist, Senior Chief Hospital 
Corpsman Paul McFadden knows 
that seasonal climate changes bring 
more than just additional riders on 
the roadways. Warmer weather 
equates to more riders. Some are 
unfamiliar and inexperienced. Oth- 
ers have motorcycles in need of a 
tune- up. Several need safety tips 
and training reminders. 

"Our overall goal is to have no 
fatalities involving motorcycles at 
Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) or 
anywhere in the Northwest Region 
in 2009," said McFadden, who took 
it upon himself to set up and facili- 
tate a command motorcycle safety 
stand down event. "By putting this 
stand down together, we are offer- 
ing to any rider the chance to come 
and make sure that those bikes 

kept in storage all winter are safe 
and ready to ride. We want this to 
be a positive event to promote safe 
and sane riding." 

Compiled statistical evidence 
bears that out that unsafe riding 
does happen - 50 riders were killed 
in motorcycle crashes in 2008 dur- 
ing the '101 Days of Summer' be- 
tween Memorial Day and Labor 

"That's 50 too many and the 
majority of those fatalities hap- 
pened on a sports bike due to ex- 
cessive speed and/or alcohol," 
noted McFadden, echoing the con- 
cern that motorcycle safety experts 
have on sports bikes, which were 
involved in 88 percent of the fatal 

Representative from local mo- 
torcycle businesses shared informa- 
tion. The Kitsap County Sheriff's 
Department explained how new 
laws enacted will have heightened 
scrutiny on riders, as well as sev- 

BREMERTON, Wash. - Hospital Corpsman 
2 nd Class Wayne Bailey has his motorcycle 
inspected as part of Naval Hospital Brem- 
erton's Motorcycle Safety Stand down. The 
event was organized to promote safe and 
sane driving, as well as offer tune-ups, 
safety tips, training reminders and explain 
new law enforcement initiatives. U.S. Navy 
photo by Douglas H. Stutz 

eral initiatives that will focus on 
cracking down on aggressive mo- 
torcyclists. "I came by to increase 

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Navy Medicine Unit continued... 

(Continued from page 1) 

protection. With airline travel as prevalent as it is to- 
day, the dengue fever that was a problem in Ethiopia 
today could be causing havoc at Fort Bragg, N.C., to- 

The unit - working with partners in Egypt, other 
nations, the World Health Organization and the Centers 
for Disease Control - are part of the tripwire to chart 
diseases, develop vaccines and respond to any out- 

"This is a really important unit and a really impor- 
tant mission," Mullen told the American and Egyptian 
workers at the unit. The chairman thanked them for 
their work and told them he is proud of the work they 
do for America and the world. 

Working alongside 152 Egyptian scientists and 97 
contractors, 22 Navy and Army personnel and 11 civil- 
ians work at the unit here. The unit has excellent rap- 
port with Egypt's ministry of public health and with 
countries running from Central Asia throughout Africa. 
"Our medical staff went on 1,200 temporary duty as- 
signments last year," said Capt. Kenneth Earhart, the 
unit commander. 

Earhart told the chairman that the unit has had a 
shift in the way it operates over the past few years. It 
previously had concentrated on pure medical research, 
but now the U.S. and Egyptian specialists are spending 
as much time building capacity in neighboring countries 
as they do on research, he said. 

"They are interested in the same things we are: build- 
ing the capacity to improve public health, track diseases 
and respond to outbreaks," Earhart said. "We do a lot of 
training and capacity building from Kazakhstan to West 

When there is a disease outbreak, unit medics can go to 
the area and conduct field studies, or local governments 
can send samples to the unit for analysis and advice. The 
unit has reference laboratory services that researchers 
across the region can use. 

The unit began in 1942 as part of the effort to address 
the problem of typhus among allied troops in North Africa. 
It was effective. After the war, the Navy established the 
unit and expanded its responsibilities. It is a unit dedicated 
to the health of all. No one goes into a country unasked, 
and conclusions and research are shared with all qualified 
public health professionals. 

When there was a break in U.S. -Egyptian relations af- 
ter Egypt's Six-Day War with Israel in 1967, all Americans 
were required to leave Egypt. The Egyptian staff main- 
tained the unit's capability. Soon, the Egyptian govern- 
ment made an exception and allowed the unit's command- 
ing officer to return. He was virtually alone until relations 
thawed in 1974. 

The unit has plenty to do. Workers are developing an 
integrated communicable disease surveillance database, 
working with countries of the region to publish a disease 
surveillance bulletin, and are looking for antibiotic resis- 
tance for diarrheas and for drug- resistant tuberculosis. 

I Issue 5 
May 8, 20 

Page 4 

Colonoscopy Detects Chief's Cancer, Improves Chances for 

By Marsha Childs, Naval Hospital Jacksonville Public Af- 

J ACKSONVI LLE, Fla. - On the day before he was 
scheduled to start chemotherapy, Hospital Corpsman 
Senior Chief (FMF/AW) Jonathan "Ace" Acedera seemed 
fragile as he reflected on his recent diagnosis of colon 
cancer. Only a few months earlier he was making plans 
for retirement, exploring promising job opportunities and 
entertaining the idea of learning to surf when his life took 
an unexpected turn. 

Ace was scheduled to retire in December 2008 after 
26 years of service. It was during a Veterans Administra- 
tion (VA) disability physical in July 2008 when Dr. Antonia 
Silva-Hale discovered a 2006 medical record entry noting 
what Ace thought he saw: blood in his stool. 

I n 2006, the doctor told Ace that if there was indeed 
blood in his stool, it must have been there for years and, 
if cancer related, he should be dying or already dead. To 
be on the safe side, the physician ordered a colonoscopy. 
This study examines the large colon and small bowel us- 
ing a fiber optic camera on a flexible tube passed through 
the anus while the patient is sedated. 

Ace never followed up since he was still uncertain 
about the presence of blood. And if there was, he rea- 
soned, it was probably due to irritated hemorrhoids. His 
decision was made in part due to his very demanding job. 
"I was so busy," he recalled. Hence, the colonoscopy was 
never performed. 

The VA physician urged Ace to schedule the colono- 
scopy he never had in 2006. Although there was no fam- 
ily history of colon cancer, a factor that increases the risk 

NNCAP 2009 Class Earn Certification 

for the disease. "It was the way she said it that made me 
give it a lot of serious thought. I also wanted to put clo- 
sure on the issue," he said. 

In November 2008, Naval Hospital Jacksonville gas- 
troenterologist Lt. Cmdr. John Bassett performed the 
screening and removed a suspicious lesion. "I expected it 
to be negative," Ace said. "I don't drink, I don't smoke, I 
exercise, and I pride myself on being very healthy." But 
two days later, Bassett called with the troubling pathol- 
ogy results. 

There are rare events in our lives that are so signifi- 
cant that you never forget where you were or what you 
were doing. For Ace, this was that occasion. "So doc, 
what you're telling me is I have cancer?" he asked. Bas- 
sett confirmed his worst fears, the lesion was cancerous. 
He explained, "The key now will be to determine if the 
cancer has spread. While the diagnosis is serious and 
potentially life-threatening, now we can get you the care 
you need." The diagnosis was adenocarcinoma, a cancer 
known to be invasive, spreading to other parts of the 

Additional radiological studies performed at the Naval 
Hospital and repeated at the University of Florida and 
Shands Jacksonville Medical Center showed no evidence 
of the disease in the liver, lungs and bone. The colono- 
scopy and additional testing revealed the disease had not 
spread throughout his body. 

Ace was referred to Dr. Ziad Awad, a seasoned colo- 

By Mass Communications 1 st Class 
(SW) Arthur N. De La Cruz, Navy 
Medicine Support Command Public 
Affairs Office 

BETHESDA, Md. - One- 
hundred percent of the most recent 
class of Navy Nurse Corps Anesthe- 
sia Program (NNCAP) students re- 
cently earned their national ranking 
and certifications at the Uniformed 
Services University of the Health 
Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Md. 

All seventeen students of the 
NNCAP Class of 2009 passed their 
national certification examination to 
earn their credentials as Certified 
Registered Nurse Anesthetists 

"The Navy program is always 
very tight and well ahead of the 
civilians with regard to pass rates 
for certification and ranking nation- 

ally," said Capt. Barton Welbourn, 
Navy Medicine Manpower Personnel 
Training and Education Command 
commanding officer. "This is a trib- 
ute to the students as well as the 
quality of the instructors and clini- 
cal preceptors." 

The NNCAP has been in exis- 
tence since 1962. The program runs 
for 30 months and consists of two 

Phase one is 12-months long 
and provides the graduate student 
with academic and professional 
education, including basic science 
classes, core nursing courses, sta- 
tistics, and research methodology. 
This instruction is necessary for 
entrance into the clinical arena. 
Classes are conducted at either 
USUHS or at Georgetown University 
in Washington, D.C. 

(Continued on page 6) 

Phase two is 18 months of clini- 
cal training held at either Navy 
Medical Center San Diego, Navy 
Medical Center Portsmouth, Vir- 
ginia, or Naval Hospital Jackson- 
ville, Florida. This clinical phase is 
designed to guide the graduate stu- 
dent toward the goal of functional 

"This accomplishment adds 17 
more CRNAs to the community," 
said Capt. Ann Hasselbeck, NNCAP 
program director. 

According to Hasselbeck, this is 
important because CRNAs are one 
of the lowest density and highest 
deployed specialties within Navy 
Medicine. They will be used on all 
battlefield, Marine, maritime inter- 
diction, and humanitarian missions 
to support the Navy's overall mis- 

1 Issue 5 
May 8, 20 

NH Rota Supports NASA Shuttle Missions 

Page 5 

By Lt. Peter Schenke, Naval Hospital 
Rota, Spain 

ROTA, Spain - When a NASA 
space shuttle roars from the launch 
pad into the atmosphere at 17,000 
miles per hour, a number of teams 
in Europe are standing by, ready to 
assist in the event trouble may oc- 
cur. It would only take the shuttle 
about 35 minutes from launch to 
make an unscheduled landing at 
one of the Transoceanic Abort 
Landing sites (TAL) in Europe mak- 
ing it important to have a medical 
support team fully capable and 
knowledgeable of shuttle emergen- 

Naval Hospital Rota (NH Rota), 
Spain has been supporting the 
NASA shuttle missions since 1984 
when Moron air base was selected 
as one of three TAL sites in Europe. 
The TAL sites were originally se- 
lected due to the minimal require- 
ment of fuel and steering needed to 
make a safe landing. Fortunately, 
the TAL sites have never been 
used. It's not a matter of if they 
are needed but a matter of when. 

"The fact that they are able to 
support each mission as a team has 
tremendous advantages. Their ser- 
vice is truly appreciated and relied 
upon by NASA. 

"The medical personnel of NH 
Rota personnel consistently provide 
outstanding TAL site support to 
NASA for all STS missions. Their 
efforts are key to ensuring that the 
highest level of medical care is 
available to our astronauts in the 
event of an emergency," stated Lt. 

Motorcycle Safety continued... 

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my motorcycle knowledge and learn some good tips," 
said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Wayne Bailey. "Being 
able to get a free safety inspection is also great and 
something I really appreciate." 

The safety inspections went over the basic condition 
of the entire bike from lights and horn to tire and wheel 
condition to brakes and fluid levels. Recommendations 
were made and advice was shared. "For example, 
maintaining correct tire pressure is so important," said 
McFadden. "It not only means better gas mileage, but 
ensures a better and safer ride. Tire pressure should 

Col. Melinda Screws Medical Divi- 
sion Chief, Human Space Flight 

The duty of the NH Rota Shuttle 
Support Team is to provide emer- 
gency medical response to the 
Space Shuttle Astronauts. The hos- 
pital provides a team of over 20 
medical personnel including provid- 
ers, nurses and corpsmen all pro- 
fessionally trained by a team of 
NASA personnel. The training is a 
coordination of the Human Space 
Flight Support (HSFS) Office for 
Space Shuttle Support. 

"NH Rota has a very unique 
mission that not many outside of 
Spain are even aware of. Since the 
Air Force Base in Moron has been 
identified as a Space Shuttle TAL 
site, our staff members form the 
medical team that supports this 
mission. We have a wonderful op- 
portunity to be trained by NASA 
experts to provide medical support 
for an emergency shuttle 
landing should they experience 
problems shortly after take off and 
have to land at the airfield in Mo- 
ron. We always look forward to 
hosting the training team and our 
goal is to train as many people as 
possible to be able to support the 
various shuttle missions" said Cap- 
tain Pamela Roark, NH Rota's com- 
manding officer. 

All support personnel are re- 
quired to attend the Space Opera- 
tions Medical Support Training 
Course (SOMSTC). Specialized 
training personnel from NASA and 
Patrick Air Force Base conduct the 
two-day SOMSTC sessions. NH Rota 

ROTA, Spain - Lt. Col. Melinda Screws, Lt. 
Col. Melinda Steiner and Lt. Jason Palmer, 
members of Naval Hospital Rota Shuttle 
Support Team, participate in a training 
evolution for a potential upcoming NASA 
mission at Naval Hospital Rota. U.S. Navy 
photo provided by Lt. Peter Schenke 

recently held this training in De- 
cember 2008. Over 70 members 
participated in the 2 day course, 
with a few participants coming from 
different bases throughout Europe. 

The training introduces team 
members to general relationships 
between DoD and NASA, space 
physiology, space toxicology, and 
chemical and environmental expo- 
sure issues specific to the possible 
catastrophic breakup or landing of a 
shuttle. Instructors also bring an 
original space suit valued at around 
$200-thousand which has at one 
time been used in a shuttle mission. 
Not only is it a very fun show and 
tell, it's important for team mem- 

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always be checked every few weeks." 

The free safety inspections provided more than just a 
complimentary checkup to those interested. There were 
significant mechanical issues discovered. One motorcyclist 
had brake pads that were almost completely worn and was 
an accident waiting to happen. Another had a cracked tire. 
One rider's motorcycle had a rusted chain that would dis- 
able the machine if not repaired. "I think it's safe to say 
that by them coming in and having their bikes inspected, 
they saved themselves time, money and very possibly 
from an injury," McFadden said. "That's exactly what we 
wanted to do." 

I Issue 5 
May 8, 20 

CBIRF's Chem Lab on Wheels 

By Sgt. Leslie Palmer, 
Chemical Biological Incident Re- 
sponse Force, II Marine Expedition- 
ary Force Public Affairs Representa- 

INDIAN HEAD, Md. - Sometimes, 
the enemy isn't recognized. 

Chemical Biological Incident Re- 
sponse Force (CBIRF), II Marine 
Expeditionary Force Marines and 
Sailors have a life-saving mission as 
emergency responders. This re- 
quires a lot of different disciplines, 
one of which is organic to CBI RF. 

"The mobile laboratory is an 
analytical suite on a mobile plat- 
form," said Dr. Erick Swartz, who is 
the resident scientist at Naval Sup- 
port Facility Indian Head, Md. "It is 
designed to analyze gases but more 
specifically, liquids and solids that 
give off a gas." 

With such a state-of-the-art 
piece of equipment, training on how 
to use it is vital to its implementa- 
tion. Being able to recognize the 
contaminants in a contaminated 
area, identification and detection 
platoon (I DP) Marines are impera- 
tive to CBIRF's mission. Only I DP 

Marines can operate the mobile 
laboratory and go through exten- 
sive training on its usage. 

"First, Marines must master 
sampling techniques in a contami- 
nated area," Swartz explained. 
"Then, they must pass technical 
classes, including organic chemis- 
try, in which they have to get at 
least an A- to pass. This class really 
teaches them to speak like a scien- 
tist. Once Marines complete the 
class, they are able to recognize 
different materials from alcohols to 
organic phosphates." 

I DP Marines effectively use the 
mobile laboratory to establish how 
CBIRF Marines and Sailors conduct 
their rescue operations. 

"Primarily, I DP Marines identify 
the hazard to establish clean and 
dirty routes through the contami- 
nated area. They also identify the 
hazard to determine the level of 
personal protective equipment 
(PPE) and for decontamination and 
medical purposes," Swartz ex- 

The mobile laboratory has many 
different capabilities, including a 
force preservation factor. CBIRF 
Marines and Sailors respond to any 

Page 6 

Chemical, Biological, Radiological, 
Nuclear (CBRN), or High-yield Ex- 
plosive incident using different lev- 
els of protection, one being level B, 
which includes a gas mask and a 
semi-encapsulated chemical protec- 
tive over garment. 

"Once we find out what the con- 
taminant is, we can determine what 
level of PPE the Marines have to be 
in, if any. I think it's really impor- 
tant just for that factor, because 
being in the contaminated area in 
level B all of the time can tire any 
Marine out," said Lance Cpl. Logan 
Carr, junior mobile laboratory op- 
erator, I DP, Headquarters and Ser- 
vice Company, CBIRF. 

One of the many stepping 
stones in training with the mobile 
lab is putting it to use at the De- 
fense Research and Development 
Center, where I DP Marines conduct 
live agent training under the guid- 
ance of world- renowned scientists. 

"Marines must also know down- 
range analysis using portable ana- 
lytical instrumentation. This also 
serves a perquisite for a mobile lab 

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Colonoscopy continued... 

(Continued from page 4) 

rectal surgeon at Shands for laparoscopic surgery on 
Dec. 17. Entering through a small incision, Awad found 
no visible evidence that the cancer had spread outside 
the bowel. Further studies were done to determine the 
exact location of the cancer and how deep it went into 
the surrounding tissue. 

After conferring with colleagues at Shands and Co- 
lumbia, Awad recommended they proceed with the 
bowel resection, a procedure to remove a portion of the 
bowel. Ace recalled thinking, "If they took out a seg- 
ment of my large intestine and it had cancer, I would be 
glad it was taken out. If they took it out and it was 
clean, I would have peace of mind." 

The procedure was rescheduled for Feb. 11 where a 
segment of the rectum and sigmoid intestine was re- 
moved. In all, 17 lymph nodes were sampled: 15 came 
back negative and two positive for cancer. Awad told 
Ace he was shocked how aggressive his cancer was and 
he had never seen anything it like before. 

On March 24, Ace underwent the first of many che- 
motherapy sessions that include both oral medication 
and intravenous infusion. He said, "I try not to think 

about the pain and side effects of the intravenous ther- 
apy, which I need every 21 days for six months." His 
chemotherapist explained his survival rate would improve 
from 65 percent without chemotherapy to 85 percent with 
the treatment. Chemotherapy affects patients differently, 
but many experience nausea, loss of appetite and weight, 
diarrhea, vomiting and hair loss. 

The surgery left Ace weak with little appetite, but the 
pain lessens every day. With the loving support of his 
wife of 23 years, Margie, and his two sons J ordan, 19, 
and Paolo, 21, Ace is "going to live it one day at a time." 
He credits Bassett and his team for giving him the hope 
of living another 30 years. He also credits Silva-Hale who 
convinced him to have that colonoscopy before retire- 
ment, which he now knows probably saved his life. 

Ace is optimistic his medical journey will help others. 
Colon cancer is largely a preventable disease with early 
detection. It remains the second leading cause of all can- 
cer-related deaths in the U.S. 

The risk significantly increases for adults age 50 and 
older. Because colon cancer develops from slow growing 
polyps with no symptoms until it is advanced or there is a 
large tumor present, early detection and intervention can 
improve survival rates up to 90 percent. 

Issue 5 
May 8,: 

Page 7 

Motorcycle Safety Month Gets Kick-Started 

By Darren Harrison, Naval District Washington Public Af- 

ARLI NGTON, Va. - Acting Secretary of the Navy B.J 
Penn said motorcycle safety is a priority for the Depart- 
ment of the Navy and that he looks forward to a time 
when motorcycle safety is so instilled in the nation's cul- 
ture, that never again does the Navy have to grieve an- 
other rider killed or lost to motorcycle accidents. 

Penn made his comments at the third annual National 
Capitol Region Joint Service Motorcycle Safety Event in 
the north parking lot of the Pentagon May 1. 

"When average Americans think about the dangers 
that go into waging war they think of threats in lands far, 
far away," Penn said. "When a year goes by and we lose 
more Sailors and Marines on motorcycles, than in support 
of the war, we are in many ways referring to a battle be- 
ing fought at home in our own backyard - and our Ma- 
rine Corps last year lost more people on motorcycles than 
we did in combat." 

Celebrities such as the reigning Miss USA, Kristen Dal- 
ton, mingled with service members and military officials 
at the event that featured booths with safety information, 
three motorcycle simulators, and demonstrations by the 
Pentagon Police and world racing champion Kevin 

Also featured was a motorcycle rodeo, a Le Mans 
Start Skill Challenge, food by the Grill Sergeant, Personal 
Protection Equipment (PPE) demonstrations and a group 

"I think the event is going very well; I am very 
pleased with the amount of non-DoD support we have 
here," said Rear Adm. Arthur J . Johnson of the Naval 
Safety Center. "This is a great way to kick off the start of 
May as Motorcycle Awareness Month." 

Motorcycle trainer Rusty Reynolds, who trains the 
Navy SEALs, was on hand to discuss motorcycle protec- 
tive gear, as well as demonstrate the differences, in qual- 
ity, between a $70 helmet and a $300 helmet. 

"In motorcycles you get what you pay for," Reynolds 
said. "If you buy a cheap helmet there's a reason it's 

Reynolds said helmets can run as expensive as $700 
and those that have a "crush zone" have a greater ability 

to absorb the impact of a crash. 

"I like to say 'stupid hurts'," said Reynolds, mention- 
ing that some states do not require a rider to wear a 

One of the most popular exhibits at the safety event 
was the motorcycle simulators provided by Tulsa- based 
Simulator Systems International. The simulators taught 
the basic procedures of motorcycle riding and gave more 
experienced riders a chance to try their skills on a simu- 
lated sports bike. 

"You have to be on your game, the sports bike is 
very touchy. I had to bond with that bike," said Peaches 
Hainline, who has been riding motorcycles for 25 years. 
"I like to say that riding a motorcycle is like tap dancing 
on a land mine. You have to know what you are doing 
and be careful." 

For fiscal year 2008, sports bikes were in 88 percent 
of Navy and Marine Corps fatalities. 

According to figures on the Naval Safety Center Web 
site, as of March 15, the Navy had experienced 14 
deaths in fiscal 2009 from motorcycle- related accidents 
and the Marine Corps had experienced 22. 

In fiscal 2008 the U.S. Navy experienced a total of 
33 fatalities and the Marine Corps had experienced 25. 
In the three years, fiscal 2006 to fiscal 2008, there were 
a total of 139 deaths across the Navy and Marine Corps. 
"Three years ago a motorcycle accident took the life 
of a friend of mine, a friend named Richard Dawson. 
Richard was not just a member of the Navy family, he 
was also one of my best friends," said Penn. "A purple 
heart recipient, Richard survived extreme combat condi- 
tions in Vietnam, but he could not survive an extreme 
motorcycle collision in Virginia." 

Penn said the best way to honor Dawson — and the 
other Navy personnel who have died as a result of mo- 
torcycle accidents - is to make motorcycle safety a prior- 

"J ust last year the services stepped up their efforts 
to reverse that disturbing trend," Penn said. "Statistics 
are showing that your efforts are working, which is en- 
couraging, but you don't work such long hours and make 
so many sacrifices just to improve statistics." 

NASA continued. 

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bers to know how to remove the 
complicated hi-tech suit. Removing 
the helmet to access the astro- 
naut's airway while maintaining 
head and spine alignment is par- 
ticularly important, as well as 
knowing where to cut the suit to 
expose potential injuries of the as- 

The NH Rota shuttle team is 
always ready to adapt to the ever 
changing NASA schedule. Many 
times an initial launch date has 
been scrubbed due to complications 
and the NH Rota teams quickly ad- 
just to the new launch date. Prior 
to a launch each member of the 
medical team is assigned a specific 
astronaut. The medical team is 
instructed to stay with the astro- 

naut until they are medically 
cleared after the TAL landing. A 
typical launch will require the team 
to arrive the day before for a pre- 
exercise to simulate the potential 
landing of a shuttle. The entire 
team is present for the pre- brief, 
staging area and then simulation of 
the launch and TAL landing. The 
whole event is completed with a 
post-exercise brief. 

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Purple Heart Recipients Presented 'Quilts of Valor' 

By Mass Communications Specialist 
1st Class (AW) Russ Tafuri, Naval 
Hospital Pensacola Public Affairs 

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Naval Hos- 
pital Pensacola Commanding Officer 
Captain Maryalice Morro held morn- 
ing colors and weekly awards cere- 
mony May 1. But on this particular 
day -- also known as May Day and 
the first day of Military Appreciation 
Month in Pensacola -- two hospital 
corpsmen were recipients of Purple 
Heart medals, for injuries sustained 
in support of Operation Iraqi Free- 
dom, and 'Quilts of Valor' from a 
pair of veterans-support groups. 

Chief Hospital Corpsman Dexter 
L. Lewis and Hospital Corpsman 2 nd 
Class Carlos J . Cordova were pre- 
sented with the medals, and special 
quilts by Roberta Speh, area coordi- 
nator for 'Quilts of Valor', and Navy 
Retiree Mark Harden, co-chairman 
of the Global War on Terrorism Vet- 
erans in Need (GWOTVIN) Commit- 

The two U.S. Navy-themed 
quilts with special patches sewn on 

had an even-more special senti- 
ment behind the presentations. 

"These quilts are in apprecia- 
tion of your courage and dedication 
in protecting our safety here" (in 
the U.S.), said Speh. Quilts of 
Valor, a non-profit organization with 
members sewing and donating 
quilts to service members injured in 
Operations Iraqi and Enduring Free- 
dom, was established in 2003 by 
Catherine Roberts when her son 
deployed to Iraq. 

GWOTVIN's presentation of 
quilts "is a way that we, who have 
served, have a chance to give 
back," added Harden. His organiza- 
tion is a committee of the Pensacola 
Veterans Memorial Park Foundation 
committed to helping severely in- 
jured veterans and their families. 

One particular thing about the 
donated quilts to the two corpsmen 
is a special patch sewn into each 
depicting the Hospital Corpsman 
caduceus symbol, the Marine Corps 
insignia, and a stitched note of 
thanks from Speh - who hand- 
made both quilts. 

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operator." Swartz added. 

I n order to get the sample that 
is in the contaminated area, I DP 
Marines travel into the contami- 
nated area to skillfully collect the 

"Then, I DP Marines bring the 
samples back to us here at the mo- 
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process the sample from there." 

Undergoing several changes, 
the mobile laboratory has gone 
from a simple process to an innova- 
tive and state-of-the-art operation, 
Swartz explained. 

"The original mobile lab pretty 
much consisted of a Gas Chromato- 
graph-Mass Spectrometer in a van," 
he said. "In the old mobile lab, we 
had a portable separate fume hood 
on a table." 

The new mobile lab benefited 
from several lessons learned. 

"We designed it with two things 
in mind; safety and redundant op- 
erations, so if we lose something, 
we'll have a back-up," Swartz ex- 
plained. "For example, if our hydro- 
gen generator fails, we have a 
small helium tank that lasts for sev- 
eral days of operation, until the hy- 
drogen generator can be fixed or 
replaced. For safety, one thing we 

Speh (left), area coordinator for Quilts of 
Valor and Global War on Terrorism Veter- 
ans in Need Co-Chairman Mark Harden (far 
right) present Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class 
Carlos Cordova (2 nd from left) and Chief 
Hospital Corpsman Dexter L. Lewis with 
quilts in honor of their service at an awards 
ceremony May 1 at NH Pensacola. The 
corpsmen were also recipients of Purple 
Hearts. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Commu- 
nications Specialist 1 st Class [AW] Russ 

have is the glove box, which is 
safer than a fume hood." 

Leading the way in progressive 
research, CBIRF is exploring a new 
way to use the mobile lab with sor- 
bent sampling tubes, which collect 
most gases and vapors from the 
air. While the tubes are the size 
and shape of a pen, they fit onto a 
Marine's chemical protective over 

"The sorbent tubes let us ana- 
lyze what contaminant the Marines 
are exposed to," Swartz explained. 
"The mobile lab allows us to moni- 
tor Marines, when they come 
through the decontamination line." 

Having the right tool for the 
right job is pivotal in analyzing con- 
taminants, so CBIRF Marines can 
properly execute their life-saving 
mission, making them more capa- 
ble of saving lives. 

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